Find a licensed wildlife rehabilitation provider in New South Wales

We currently licence various volunteer groups and a small number of facilities and individuals as wildlife rehabilitation providers. Together they service nearly all of New South Wales.

Refer to the licensed wildlife rehabilitation groups list below for information about the appropriate group in your local area.

You can also find your local wildlife provider on the go by downloading the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wildlife rescue app.

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NSW wildlife rehabilitation groups are authorised to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned native animals under a wildlife rehabilitation licence and mostly operate in defined geographic areas across New South Wales. Some groups specialise in particular native species, such as koalas, flying foxes or marine wildlife, whereas others cover a wide range of species.

The table below contains the contact details of licensed NSW wildlife rehabilitation groups, the species they specialise in and their area of operation. A map is provided where relevant.

Group/organisation Area Species specialty Contact information
Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue South coast and the far-north coast
  • Seabirds and shorebirds
  • Marine turtles
0428 862 852 (rescue)
02 6686 2852 (admin)
264 North Creek Rd
Ballina NSW 2478
Bryon Bay Wildlife Hospital Far north Coast All species 1300 945 354
419 Hinterland Way
Knockrow NSW 2479
Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Coffs Harbour and surrounds
  • Seabirds and shorebirds
  • Marine mammals and reptiles including marine turtles
02 6659 1900
65 Orlando St
Coffs Harbour
PO Box 532
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA) NSW mid-north coast; local government areas of MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey All species except marine mammals 02 6581 4141
PO Box 218
Wauchope NSW 2446
Map (PDF 2.8MB)
Friends of the Koala Northern NSW coast Koalas 02 6622 1233
PO Box 5034
East Lismore NSW 2480
The Hills Wildlife Sanctuary North-western Sydney Flying foxes, possums and gliders, macropods, wombats, monotremes, seabirds and waterbirds, general birds and all reptiles except marine reptiles

51 Carters Road
Dural NSW 2158

Koala Conservation Australia Inc, Australia – Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Northern NSW – coast, tablelands and western plains Koalas 02 6584 1522
PO Box 236
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Koalas In Care Mid-north coast – greater Taree, Great Lakes and Gloucester Koalas 02 6552 2183
PO Box 1249
Taree NSW 2430
Native Animal Rescue Group (NARG) Braidwood All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 02 4846 1900
PO Box 24
Majors Creek NSW 2622
Map (PDF 1.5MB)
Native Animal Trust Fund Inc Newcastle, Cessnock, Maitland, and Lake Macquarie LGA areas of the Hunter Region All species except marine mammals 0418 628 483
PO Box 17
Shortland NSW 2307
Map (PDF 2.6MB)
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Inc Far-northern NSW excluding Tweed Valley All species except marine mammals 02 6628 1866
PO Box 6439
Lismore South NSW 2480
Map (PDF 2.5MB)
Northern Tablelands Wildlife Carers Northern NSW (excluding coast) All species except marine mammals 1800 008 290
PO Box 550
Armidale NSW 2350
Map (PDF 3.4MB)
Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans (ORRCA) All coastal NSW Marine mammals 02 9415 3333
PO Box 429
Sutherland NSW 1499
Port Stephens Koalas Tomaree and Tilligerry peninsulas, Port Stephens LGA All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 1800 775 625
PO Box 60 
Anna Bay NSW 2316
Saving Our Native Animals (SONA) Southern NSW, around the areas of Batlow and Tumbarumba All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 02 6946 2222
Map (PDF 1.8MB)
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Sydney Marine reptiles 1800 199 657
1–5 Wheat Rd
Sydney NSW 2000
Seaworld Australia South-east Qld Marine mammals and marine reptiles 07 5588 2222
Sea World Dr
Main Beach 
Gold Coast QLD
Village Roadshow Theme Parks (Sea World)
PO Box 190
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue
Southern NSW – Snowy Mountains, to Victorian border All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 02 6456 1313
PO Box 159
Berridale NSW 2628
Map (PDF 2.1MB)
Sunraysia Wildlife Carers Gol Gol – south-western NSW along Victorian border All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 0427 875 921
PO Box 189
Gol Gol NSW 2738
Map (PDF 1.7MB)
Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services Greater Sydney basin All species except marine mammals 02 9413 4300
PO Box 78
Lindfield NSW 2070
Map (PDF 4.3MB)
Taronga Western Plains Zoo Wildlife Clinic Dubbo All species 02 6881 1400
Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital Sydney All species 02 9969 2777
PO Box 20
Mosman NSW 2088
Warrumbungle Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Mendooran, Dubbo, Dunedoo All mammals except marine mammals, general birds 0432 605 309
Lot 2 Forest Road
Mendooran NSW 2842
Waterfall Springs Conservation Society Central Coast Possums and gliders, macropods, wombats, snakes and lizards RMB 2394A Kyola Road
Kulnara NSW 2250
Wildcare Queanbeyan Southern NSW, excluding coast and inland to Young area All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 02 6299 1966
PO Box 1404
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Map (PDF 3.1MB)
Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care Society (Wildlife ARC) Gosford and Wyong LGAs, Wyee and Wyee Point, and postcode 2259 All species except koalas, marine mammals and marine reptiles 02 4325 0666
PO Box 2308
Gosford NSW 2250
Map (PDF 2.8MB)
Wildlife Carers Network Central West Inc Mudgee, Lithgow, Capertee and Valley, Kelso, Coolah, Tambar Springs and western NSW All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 0408 966 228
PO Box 1223
Mudgee NSW 2850
Map (PDF 2.7MB)
Wildlife Rescue South Coast NSW coast south of Wollongong All species except marine mammals and marine reptiles 0418 427 214
PO Box 666
Nowra NSW 2541
Map (PDF 3.0MB)
WINC (Wildlife in Need of Care) Port Stephens, southern Great Lakes, and southern Dungog LGAs All species except marine mammals 1300 WIN CWL, 1300 946 295
PO Box 16
Tanilba Bay, NSW 2319
Map (PDF 2.3MB)
WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) Branches throughout NSW All species except marine mammals 1300 094 737 (13 000 WIRES)
PO Box 7276
Warringah Mall NSW 2100
Map (PDF 1.5MB)

The NSW Wildlife Council is the peak body for licensed wildlife rehabilitators in NSW. It provides member groups with public liability and personal accident insurance (funded by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and the Roads and Maritime Services).

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